Cologne (dpa) – Major winner Sophia Popov hopes after her sensational success at the British Open for a boost for German golf – especially for women’s golf.
“We have to use this time and really push it together with the association,” said the 27-year-old at a video conference. Above all, Popov, who lives in the USA, wants more TV presence for her sport in Germany.
Popov wrote golf history in Troon, Scotland last Sunday and was the first German to win a major tournament. In the men’s category, only Bernhard Langer (Masters 1985, 1993) and Martin Kaymer (PGA Championship 2010, US Open 2014) have been successful in a major.
Popov is currently enjoying her triumph with her friend Max’s family in Cologne. “It was crazy days,” revealed the 24th world ranking list. She couldn’t keep up with answering the many congratulations and messages about her success. Germany’s golf star Martin Kaymer gave her a few useful tips over a video call on how to deal with her sudden fame. They were also particularly pleased with the congratulations from Europe’s Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter.
After visiting the “Current Sports Studio” on ZDF on Saturday evening, it’s back to the USA on Sunday. The next parties are waiting for Popov, who grew up in Weingarten in Baden. “I’m excited to see what festivities my parents have planned.”